Have you ever felt that why my teeth were bad when I am doing the right things everyday, brushing twice a day, flossing, eating healthy?
Bacteria that cause caries/ cavities thrives on sugar, when we eat foods that contain sugar, bacteria in the mouth act on it and releases acid that damages the enamel on the teeth causing holes or cavities.
Acidic foods and beverages may also cause lesions on tooth Enamel. Such as chocolates, lollies, sports drinks etc.
Healthy foods such as citrus fruits, fruit juices and salads with vinegar dressings have acids that can cause damage. It is always best to avoid or rinsing with water and or chewing sugar free gum helps in washing the residue away.
These Foods might help:
Cheese: Chewing cheese increases saliva production and neutralizes acid. Saliva washes away some of the bacteria. Keeping the acid levels low keeps the disease causing germs at bay.
Milk: Milk also neutralizes the acid produced by plaque bacteria; adding milk to your cereal doesn’t help though. Drinking a glass of milk after eating a sweet dessert is a good idea helps in protecting the teeth.
Cranberries: They have polyphenols, which may keep plaque from sticking on to your teeth, thus lowering the risk of cavities.
Crunchy Foods: Such as Apple, carrots Cucumbers, when we chew, disturb plaque bacteria and serve as cleaning mechanism.
Foods rich in Vitamins such as almonds, leafy greens and high in Phosphorous such as meat, eggs, fish and high in Calcium such as Cheese, milk can keep the enamel strong and healthy.
Raisins: Naturally sweet raisins don’t contain sugar.
Chemicals in raisins can affect the growth of bacteria associated with gum disease and may also kill cavity causing bacteria.